I inadvertently sliced my finger with the knife as I tried to wash the few remaining dishes that were left from the previous night’s dinner. As I frantically searched around the house for a bandage, I realized that the only one available had Cookie Monster’s face splashed around the front. I quickly wrapped my finger and called her so I could wash the vomit from her coily locks before the doctor’s appointment. No two days are ever the same around here. But I love these little people with every ounce of my being.
Does this story sound familiar? Especially if you are a mom of young children, this may not be your story but, I’m pretty sure you have one like it. Find solace in knowing that you are not alone and other mom’s with young kids get it. They get you. Here are 30 things only a mom with young kids can understand.
- Going to the grocery store without the kids feels like a night out
- You have to skip about four kids cd’s in the CD changer before you can get to any adult music
- The backseat of your car looks more like a mini toy store
- You wait until the kids go to sleep to break out the “good” snacks
- You’re not sure the last time you ate any meal while it was still hot
- Old childhood activities feel brand new again
- You save telephone conversations for solo car commutes
- You don’t find referring to yourself in the third person as completely narcissistic. “Mommy will read you a story when she’s done”.
- Having an impromptu dance party seems totally normal
- Kids activities and birthday parties have taken over your weekends
- The idea that your kids have been to the doctor’s office 8 times for the year and you haven’t had a check up in 3 years seems normal to you
- You do silly things and taste nasty stuff just to prove that’s it really is “OK”
- You sign up for otherwise boring conferences just so can have an excuse to have a hotel room by yourself
- It’s lunch time before you realize that you didn’t have any breakfast
- The idea of finding a reliable baby sitter is easily compared to winning the lottery
- You’ve stopped watching the news because you don’t want the kids to see the crazy world we live in
- You write down movie titles when they first come out so you can rent them on Netflix or Redbox later
- Cheering, clapping and high-fiving is a part of your everyday life
- You would stand in the rain just so your little one can meet their favorite furry character
- New friend compatibility weighs heavily on the gender and age of the other mom’s children
- You have perfectly toned arms considering you’ve been to the gym less times this year than you care to admit
- You get more work done during the two hours during nap time than you get done all day
- You are perfectly comfortable riding the Merry-go-round
- You get a membership to the neighborhood gym because the idea of free child care is just too good to pass up
- It seems perfectly normal to sniff someone else’s backside
- Realizing that your kid has a sense of style actually makes you giddy
- Cleaning someone else’s butt (only if you birthed them) doesn’t gross you out
- You cut yourself while doing the dishes and the only bandage you can find has a blue furry monster on it
- Whether a hotel has a kids club or a nanny service is more important than if they have a spa
- You plan your potty breaks and shower times so that you can go to the bathroom alone
- Whether it’s a weekday, weekend or holiday, the time you wake up is absolutely the same
Now this is a dance party! The little lady is busting some moves.
I call it big Abby meets little Abby. It was my favorite part of the trip. Read ten insider tips to maximize your stay @sesameplace #ontheblog. #familytravel #travel #instakids #fun
I had such a blast at @LegolandCalifornia last week. This picture proves that the Merry-Go-Round is not just for kids but, kids at heart. #tbt
Are you a mom or parent with young kids? Add to this list. What are some things you think that only parents with young kids can understand? I look forward to reading.